How can something as simple as giving a worry to a God who loves you be so hard to do? It’s not as if you enjoy worrying. Well, perhaps not enjoy, which implies that worry is a pleasure that you turn to in times of fear or doubt or despair. Maybe the word should be familiar. Worrying is a familiar response, a comfort zone where you feel that you’re making a difference, affecting a change at some level. Perhaps worrying makes you feel as if you are taking action in a situation where you have little or no control.
—Patricia Wilson, Freedom from Worry: 28 Days of Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2012)
How often do you worry about things you can’t control?
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Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
—Luke 12:25-26 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I am weighed down by worrying so much. Help me remember that you care for me and my needs. I bring my anxieties to you and trust in your power to relieve them. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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